Back to School
August 2, 2023
Passport Day: Wednesday, August 16 from Noon to 5 p.m.
WEB Day (6th grade Orientation): Wednesday, August 23 from 8:30 to 12:15 p.m.
Open House: Wednesday, August 30 from 5 to 8 p.m.
First Day of School: Tuesday, September 5 from 8:25 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.
Picture retakes: Tuesday, September 26 (during the school day)
On Wednesday, August 16, Oak View Middle School will have Passport Day from Noon to 5 p.m.
What to do before Passport Day:
- Complete online “back to school” verification to ensure we have the correct information (address, phone numbers, emergency contacts, etc.). Parents/guardians can log into the “My Student Information” icon on the parent portal (A-HConnect) to complete the forms, accessible via the 'login' on the upper right corner of the ahschools.us website. Contact 763-506-HELP (4357) for technology assistance, username or password help or other program questions.
- Lifetouch Pictures - you can pre-order online at mylifetouch.com (Picture Day ID: EVTRZBVTC) or order forms will be available at Passport Day
- Order Yearbooks online (optional) at jostensyearbooks.com
What students can do at Passport Day
- Have their school picture taken (Re-take day Monday, September 26)
- Pay outstanding fines (cash or check only)
- Receive a copy of their schedule
- Walk their schedule
- Access their locker
6th Grade WEB Day - Orientation
Our 6th Grade Orientation will be held on Wednesday, August 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Oak View Middle School. This event is for students only.
We are excited to welcome your student to Oak View this fall! So far this summer, Oak View students and staff have been preparing to host our new 6th grade students in an orientation program called WEB (Where Everyone Belongs). The WEB program trains 8th grade students as WEB Leaders to mentor 6th grade students throughout their first year of middle school.
As part of making this transition, Oak View's WEB program kicks off the year with an orientation day consisting of a welcome assembly, small group team building sessions, and a school tour. The orientation day will be on Wednesday, August 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and is for students only. Please remember that students with bus transportation will have buses available on the orientation day. Pick-up times will be the same as that of a regular school day. The district transportation department will mail bus pickup time and locations in mid August. Otherwise, transportation will need to be provided to school and home.
If your student is on an IEP and would require support from a para educator, parents need to contact Brittany Ridout at 763-506-5759 so that there will be staff available to assist your student in having a positive experience.
We look forward to meeting and getting to know your student, and hope to see them on August 23!
Open House Wednesday, August 30
Open House is scheduled for Wednesday, August 30 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Please adhere to the following schedule, if at all possible:
- 5-6:30 p.m. Student Last Name A-L
- 6:30-8 p.m. Student Last Name M-Z
What students can do at Open House:
- Bring your student schedule with you
- Walk their schedule
- Meet their teachers for first time
- Access their locker
Picture retakes will be Tuesday, September 26 (during the school day)
Cell phone policy
The goal of the OVMS cell phone and electronic device policy is to create opportunities for digital citizenship and use of technology, while maintaining high standards for learning. In order to promote the most effective learning environment possible, and limit distractions, cell phones and other personal electronic devices will be powered off and put away from 8:25 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. During the school day, staff will provide access to electronic devices needed for any activities or assignments. In the event of an emergency, parents can contact the Main Office to get a message to their student. Students who have their phones and or other personal devices out during the school day will be directed to put them away. Repeated infractions will result in parent communication and possible school consequences.
Students are not allowed to make phone calls or send text messages. Students will be allowed telephone use in the Main Office during the school day provided they have a signed pass from their classroom teacher and it is an emergency situation. Students will be allowed to place a call home for forgotten items provided they are school-related items. If the call home is for a forgotten musical instrument, that instrument can be picked up in the Music Office.
Emergency Forms/Back to School Verification
As families prepare to start the 2023-24 school year, back to school verification is now available online. It’s important that each family completes the verification process before the first day of school. Verification ensures that Anoka-Hennepin Schools has confirmed contact information for each student to ensure schools have access to emergency contact information and information releases for the safety of students.
Families may complete the verification on their own time, wherever it’s convenient. Even if families’ contact information has not changed, it’s important to log in to access a variety of other student information in the coming weeks, including class schedules and teacher assignments, attendance, school handbooks, progress reports and grades for middle and high school students. High school students will not be able to enroll in fall activities until the back to school form process is complete.
Login to A-HConnect to complete back to school forms for the upcoming school year.
- Parents/guardians can access back to school forms by clicking the lock icon and “Login” at the top right corner of any district or school website.
- Then, select, "My Student Information."
If you need help finding your login/password, call 763-506-HELP for assistance.
Device Protection Plan available to students assigned Chromebooks
Beginning in the fall of 2023, students will be responsible for the same Chromebook for their secondary school careers - creating a culture of care with electronic devices. Anoka-Hennepin Schools coordinates with Google software updates, which are supported and updated with security and feature enhancements for the life of the device.
To protect a student's device for the 2023-24 school year, families have the option to enroll in the Device Protection Plan.
The Device Protection Plan is optional; it is not required, however, by electing not to participate in the Protection Plan, families may be required to reimburse the school district for the replacement or repair of damaged Chromebooks assigned to their student(s). Damaged or broken screens may cost between $100 to $190 depending on parts needed; or the replacement cost for the entire device could be up to $410.
Families can opt-in to the Device Protection Plan by logging into A-HConnect, and selecting "My Student Information," and "Fees." Parents must select or decline coverage under the Device Protection Plan. Visit ahschools.us/techprotect to learn more.
Oak View Middle School students have the opportunity to have their school pictures taken at our Passport Day on August 16. Keep things simple by ordering your child's pictures at mylifetouch.com with your Student's School ID or Picture Day ID: EVTRZBVTC.
Picture retake day will be September 26 .
School begins September 5
Child nutrition (school lunch) update
The state’s Free School Meals program to begin in 2023, families will still need to apply to qualify for more educational benefits
Starting Sept. 5, 2023, every student may receive one breakfast and one lunch at no cost during the school year. The state’s Free School Meals program will cover the cost of one breakfast meal and one lunch meal for every student daily, however the cost of a la carte items, such as milk, other drinks, or extra meal items will not be covered. Students will need to have funds in their meal accounts to purchase any additional food items.
If your family needs access to any other educational benefits available to your student, please visit ahschools.us/freereduced to complete an application.
The enrollment window for the 2023 Applications for Educational Benefits begins Aug. 1, 2023.
Anoka-Hennepin asks that all families complete an online application to provide additional school funding to support all students in the district. By filling out this application, your school can earn funding and you can save money.
Educational benefits include:
- Athletics fees: Eligible students may qualify for fees to be waived or reduced.
- SAT, ACT, AP Fees: Students may be eligible for discounted fees for academic tests and some lab fees.
- Other high school activities: Students may qualify for discounts on speech, debate, theater, band and others.
- Additional benefits and cost savings: Chromebook device protection, Comcast Internet Essentials discount, Amazon Prime membership discounts, discounted bus fares with Metro Transit, Xcel Energy account assistance, discounts at museums and theaters.
OVMS Locker Instructional
Oak View Middle School would love to have you sign up to volunteer! There are a variety of opportunities throughout the school year, including helping teachers prepare materials for lessons, chaperoning field trips, and preparing popcorn for staff appreciation every other Friday. If you are interested in being notified about these opportunities throughout the year or if you're interested in helping out with a specific activity, please follow the link below to fill in the Volunteer Application and Criminal Record History Release. We're looking forward to working with you to enhance your student's experience at Oak View!
Please direct volunteering questions to Volunteer Services Coordinator, Cindy Roerig at 763-506-5730 or Cindy.Roerig@ahschools.us
Community Education - athletics and activities
If you have been registered for classes through community education in the past, the parent/guardian should log-in at www.discovercommunityed.com to use the same account and password. If you have not been registered before, the parent/guardian will need to create an account, registration directions below. PLEASE NOTE: ***This is not the Anoka-Hennepin lock and key account for your family.***
1. Visit: www.ahschools.ce.eleyo.com
2. Select: “Create an account.”
3. Select: “Create an Account form.”
- (All required fields are indicated with an *asterisk.)
- Add relationships (spouse,children,grandparents,etc.) to the new account.
Already have an account? Now you can register for all community education classes, activities and programs in the same place!
1. Log into your account.
2. Select “Manage your relationships.” (Located on the left sidebar of the Welcome screen.)
3. Select “Add relationship.”
4. Select how each person is related to you, indicated by, “This person is my...”
5. Select “Continue.”
6. Complete the form and select the “Add” button.
7. Select “Add a relationship” if you need to add another relationship. Please note: To ease future registration, it is suggested that all users complete all necessary family relationships, emergency contacts, etc. to facilitate future registration.
8. As soon as your user account is set up, you may begin registering.
Registration for fall athletics and activities opens Monday, August 1, 2023. Athletics/activities fill quickly; please plan accordingly if you would like to participate. Payment in full is due at the time of registration. We accept Visa, Mastercard and Discover online.
In order to participate in athletics and activities at OVMS, you need a Sports Qualifying Physical on file in our office (wellness checkups do not count). Sports physicals are good for 3 years from the date of the visit, so if you have had one done within the past 3 years, we simply need a copy of that doctor signed physical form. Otherwise, you will need to be seen either by your doctor or at a Minute Clinic to have one completed. To get your physical turned in to us you may:
- Scan the document and email it to the Community Education Secretary (see below)
- Fax it to 763.506.5603 “Attention: Community Ed”
- Drop it off in the Community Education Office before or after school
If you have questions or need registration assistance, please contact Community Education Secretary Ruthi Bratsch Landaeta at 763.506.5642 or email@example.com. OVMS Community Education will be staffed beginning Monday, August 14 for the 2023-24 school year.